Accidents happen no matter how carefully a building is planned. Designs in practice don't work, mechanical systems fail, or materials do not hold up as predicted. When this happens, unfortunately, there can be heavy financial implications to sort out responsibility for repairs. Performing a forensic study by senior engineers can help determine the cause of the failure. Further, understanding why a material or system did not work can help create an improved design in the future.

What is Forensic Engineering?

Basically, forensic engineering involves reverse engineering on a failed component, material, or mechanical system. The failure can be as large as a collapsed bridge or as small as a failed motor in a new HVAC system. A team of senior engineers will look at the failure to determine the cause of the component's demise. Typically, the engineers' findings are compiled in a report that can be used as evidence for the company, insurance team, and any potential attorneys involved.

How Can Forensic Studies Help Companies?

Forensic studies are immensely valuable to companies. After performing a forensic study, the team of senior engineers can better understand what caused the failure within the building. This can lead to an improved, and potentially safer, design.

Forensic studies help the company learn from mistakes and create a better product. Component failures can often have heavy financial ramifications within the company, particularly if an accident was involved or production was halted, until the component is repaired or replaced. Understanding where the financial liability lies can help sort out any legal cases that may result. Having a thorough and complete forensic study is an excellent piece of evidence to use in court.

Who Should be Involved?

When a mechanical design or material fails, it can have consequences that ripple through an entire building. Aside from the engineering team, there are other very important people involved in the forensic process. Most notably are the attorneys and insurance representatives. Often, there are many contractual implications in an equipment failure, and an attorney can help sort out who is financially responsible. Further, understanding if the manufacturer, subcontractor, or designer is at fault can help relieve financial liability from the company. An insurance agent can help determine if the failure is within the bounds of any existing insurance policy.

Our team of engineers specializes in forensic studies for uncommon equipment failures. We have senior team of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineers that are involved with forensic studies. It is important to understand what has happened and to learn from the failure.

At Gausman & Moore we want to educate our customers and help them improve on the design or process. If you’re in need of expert mechanical, electrical, or plumbing engineering services, contact our team today.